Kashmir unrest poses threat of semester loss in NIT Srinagar

Nishikant Khajuria
JAMMU, Oct 8: As the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) has yet to take any decision, uncertainty looms large over the fate of NIT Srinagar students, who are facing threat of a semester loss due to the ongoing three-month long unrest in Kashmir valley following elimination of Hizb commander Burhan Wani.
The MHRD has not yet taken a decision on the proposals submitted by the Board of Governors for avoiding semester loss of the NIT students, whose Registration as well as classes for the autumn session 2016 could not be resumed till date due to the ongoing turmoil, official sources informed the Excelsior.
The Board of Governors, which met on October 4 at New Delhi, is learnt to have conveyed the MHRD that classes of the NIT students can not be resumed at least in this month of October under the prevailing situation and hence some emergency measures need to be taken for avoiding semester loss of around 3000 students.
While elaborating, sources informed that the Board of Directors has suggested  postponement of the forthcoming two-month Winter vacations, ensuring more working days by terminating  all the holidays, holding extra classes and  combining minor exams as was done  in 2014 following flash floods in Srinagar.
“This is the only way out to compensate academic loss and avoid semester loss of the students, whose class work had to otherwise resume by July 27, said one of the members of Board of Governors, on the condition of anonymity.
Pertinent to mention that  most of the engineering colleges in India are conducting midsem examinations of their students at this time whereas in the NIT Srinagar, even the Registration process for Autumn session 2016  has yet to start.
Because of the ongoing unrest in Kashmir valley since July 8, following the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani, even the candidates who were allotted NIT Srinagar in the counselling session this year, didn’t turn up for registration while some of them have even withdrawn their admission because of different reasons.
For those, already enrolled in the college, uncertainty looms large over the fate of their semester examinations, which are otherwise held in the month of December.  Final year students of both undergraduate and postgraduate courses are the worst sufferers as their placements and internships have been affected very badly  even as the college has made some alternative arrangements for that in collaboration with NIT Delhi.
As there seemed no immediate end to the Valley turmoil, the NIT authorities on September 29, conveyed the students through its official website to wait up to outcome of the meeting of the Board of Directors, scheduled on October 4, 2016, for discussion over the matter of Registration and resumption of classes for Autumn Session 2016.
During its scheduled meeting, the Board of Governors thoroughly discussed the prevailing situation vis-à-vis unprecedented delay in Registration and resumption of class for Autumn session 2016 and devised a comprehensive strategy under which semester exams are to be postponed from December to ending of February, sources said while listing details of the proposal, which was forwarded to the MHRD on the same day for early approval of the same.
Since the proposal demands temporary change in academic calendar, the Minister for Human Resources Development, Prakash Javadekar is personally going through the same for consent of his Ministry, official sources said and added that the students would be updated on the matter as soon as the reply is received.